Below are breif descriptions of some events on the current program:

Saturday, 26th October 2019.
2019 Annual Marathon.   Leader Chris J.
Details of the Marathon are available on the following Link: https://essendonbwc.org.au/events/2019-marathon

Wednesday, 30th October 2019.
Walk: Hovells Creek Trail. 13 km, Easy.  Leader: Ron P.
We have walked along the dry sandy bed of Hovells Creek during walks around the Western Plantation of the You Yangs In recent years. Now it is time to see the other side of Hovells Creek and walk alongside it from where it enters Corio Bay to Lara. This time, the creek will be full of water with a chance of seeing the water flowing across the walking trail.  We start walking from Corio and walk around the perimeter of the Shell Refinery to get to Foreshore Road where we join the (Corio) Bay Walking Track and walk towards Limeburners Bay and Lagoon.   This takes us past Geelong Grammar School and the Limeburners Bay Boat Harbour.  The walk takes us through Hovell Creek Reserve where we meet Hovell Creek as it comes into Corio/Limeburners Bay. As we walk north towards Lara, we get a view of the You Yangs in the distance (“stunning it is”!) and you will be glad you are walking along the flat Hovell Creek Trail instead of climbing Flinders Peak!   But then the peace and serenity vanishes as we approach and then pass under the Princes Freeway, and get the noise of the traffic as it hurtles along the Melbourne/Geelong Road. The noise doesn’t last long as we get a close up look at the Hovell Creek, much different than when seen in the Western Plantation. If time permits after passing under the Freeway, we can call into the nearby Hume and Hovell Memorial Reserve for a quick look before continuing on towards Lara.  We soon meet up with the Melbourne to Geelong Railway Line and follow it into the township of Lara. It is too early to finish the walk and as we have only walked an easy 10 km. at this stage, we will continue on a bit further. Crossing the railway line, we make our way out to where Hovells Creek heads towards the You Yangs and the Kevin Hoffman Walk. At the end of this short but scenic pathway along the Creek, we turn back towards Lara Shopping Centre and a choice of coffee shops before making our way back to Lara Station for the train journey back to Melbourne.   The walk is mainly flat and on  walking/cycle tracks, but boots are recommended in case of water over the trail underneath the Freeway.  Note: The scheduled train from Southern Cross also stops to pick up passenger s at Footscray  Sunshine, and Deer Park Parking midweek at Deer Park may be at a premium! The return trains all stop at these stations.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 6th November 2019.
Walk: You Yangs Northern Range Circuit, 12.3 km. Medium.  Leader: Ron P.
This circuit walk starts at the Turntable Car Park and traverses a number of varying trails including West Walk, Northern Range Walk, Branding Yard Trail, Saddleback Track and East Track. Most of the trail is easy to medium, with a few sections that require a bit of rock hopping and a steep gradient on Saddleback Track, before finishing back at the Turntable Car Park….. unless of course you have enough energy left to tackle the 450 steps to Flinders Peak for rewarding views of the You Yangs and surrounding plains…. and return. Purely optional of course.   Over the past few years, midweek walking in the You Yangs has been concentrated around the flat horse riding trails of the Western Plantation and the tracks in the Kurrajong Plantation, with more recently along the Hovell Creek Trail near Lara. Now it is time to branch out and head for the hills to tick off the tracks surrounding Flinders Peak.   Boots are recommended and walking poles would be useful.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Sunday, 10th November 2019.
Walk: Monday Creek Circuit. 12 km, Medium.  Leader: Muriel P.
This circuit walk is located approx. 90 mins. drive from Werribee, just south of Lake Elizabeth.   We will start walking on Kaangalang Road, a gravel vehicle track which is all uphill for just under 3 km. before heading into the bush on No 1 Spur Track. Dotted all along the track are large stumps, which were cut down over a century ago and which is all that remain today of the old growth forest. The track is bordered by old gum trees and tree ferns and makes for pleasant walking. Once we head into the bush, the track becomes narrower, the trees taller and the fern trees more plentiful. We should see plenty of fungi thriving on decaying wood.   The bush track heads downhill for about 6 km. We will find a nice spot for morning tea and lunch before heading down to Monday Creek. The going gets a bit slippery near the bottom.   Monday Creek is located in a pleasant forest clearing with many stands of fern trees. We will be crossing the creek, which is narrow and easily stepped over, before heading back to the cars, a steep 1.5 km climb, so leave some energy for the final hurrah! The walk should take about 4 hours, and we will be having coffee in Forrest before heading home.
Contact Muriel as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Wednesday, 20th November 2019.
Walk: Hamilton by VLine.   Leader: Hilary M.
Don’t let your Senior’s free rail pass go unused! This is the opportunity to have a full day out , with the compliments of VLine, to enjoy our pleasant countryside by rail and bus as well as an 8km walk around the town.  We take the train to Ballarat then change to the Mt Gambier coach service and alight at Hamilton. With the 4 hours at our disposal, the plan is for a 4km walk around the lake, 3 kms along the creek and 1km to the Botanical Gardens and with a little time to spare , walk along the main street before meeting the coach at the old railway station.   The coach arrives back at Ballarat with sufficient time for the essential caffeine fix from the old style railway refreshment rooms before boarding the train for the return to Melbourne.  It will be a long day, but it is Daylight Saving time and will definitely be a good value day as we will cover about 500kms plus our own 8 kms!  Remember that with the Seniors Free Rail pass, the vouchers need to be converted to tickets in advance at any of the larger metropolitan railway stations.
Contact Hilary as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Saturday, 23rd November to Tuesday 26th November2019.
Mt Howitt Explorer Pack Walk & Base Camp Medium-Hard.   Leader: Chris J.
Mount Howitt is a major mountain in the heart of the Victorian alps. Although close to Mount Buller, getting to Mt Howitt from any direction involves a long drive plus walking with a pack. We will do a short pack walk to set up a base about 2km from the summit.   The walking components of this trip, and a fair chunk of driving, is at alpine elevations, and snow is a strong possibility, both on the ground and in the air. Participants and their vehicles must be prepared for both. Vehicles should be AWD and snow chains should be carried, just in case ..... This is a remote alpine area and help is a long way away.   This trip is suited to novice pack walkers but also involves two very solid day walks. (Cont. Page 5) 5 OLD MAN EMU AUGUST 2019
Day 1, Saturday: Depart Melbourne around 8am and drive to Licola via Heyfield. From there it is a long, winding drive to Howitt Car Park, including about 50km of unsealed road. From the car park it is about a one-hour pack carry to the campsite at Macalister Springs.
Day 2, Sunday: A day walk to the King Billy Tree, 20km, Medium - Hard, via Mount Howitt and Mount Magdala, then return. The King Billy Tree is a heritage-listed snow gum, believed to be at least 200 years old and is one of the largest known snow gums in Victoria.
Day 3, Monday: A day walk to Mount Speculation, 18km, Hard. Mount Speculation's summit was a favourite campsite of this club for many years. However, to get there from Macalister Springs we have to go via the appropriately named features The Cross-Cut Saw and Mount Buggery. Weather permitting, we will be rewarded with 360 degrees of mountain views all day as we spend the whole day on an open ridge. On my first traverse of this route in the mid-eighties, visibility was about fifty metres and our leader, Geoff Sadler, advised us to look at the map and use our imaginations! He was right, the views are stunning!   Day 4, Tuesday: Walk back to the cars one hour then the long drive home.
Contact Chris as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Friday, 22nd November to Sunday, 24th November 2019
EBWC Christmas Lunch and MOUNT DISAPPOINTMENT WEEKEND.   Leader: Ron B.
COST: Accommodation & Meals (Saturday Lunch NOT included), Shared Room $80.00 each, Private Room for $85.00 each (limited double accommodation). Christmas Lunch only: $20 members, $25 visitors Christmas Lunch Ticket MUST be provided, NO ticket NO meal.   Visitor Fee for walks $5 All Payments Must be made before weekend.  Send cheque payable to: Ron B, plus stamped self-addressed envelope if receipt or map of directions to Lodge required.
Activities: (optional)  Bushwalking in rain forest
 Tennis
 Table tennis
Bring:  Pillow plus sleeping bag or blankets
 Food for walks
 Morning tea Sat/Sun
 Lunch Saturday
NO ALCOHOL PLEASE (Other than for Christmas Lunch)
ITINERARY:
Friday Arrive after 7pm, Supper provided Tea and coffee anytime.
Saturday Breakfast 8am cereal/toast/crumpets, Ron, leading walks from 9.30am or stay and relax and enjoy the facilities.  Evening meal (two courses) at 6.30pm.   Supper 9.30pm.
Sunday Breakfast 8am cereal/toast/crumpets - day walkers 9.30am, returning 12.30pm for Christmas Lunch, then after lunch optional short walk.
PLEASE NOTE. I F YOU ARE ONLY COMIMG UP TO DO THE WALK ON EITHER SATURDAY, OR SUNDAY, AND WOULD LIKE TO PROVIDE TRANSPORT FOR OTHER MEMBERS FROM ONE OF THE CLUBS’ USUAL MEETING POINTS IN “MELBOURNE” TO MT DISAPPOINTMENT AND BACK COULD YOU PLEASE CONTACT RON.
Contact Ron as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

Friday, 27th December 2019 to Wednesday, 01 January 2020
Howmans Gap Alpine Base Camp (Falls Creek).  Coordinator: Anna D.
It’s on again! This popular base camp offers a five-night/four-day lodge experience including 3 meals per day at the YMCA Lodge near Falls Creek. It has been running for a number of years now and offers a fun and relaxing time with opportunities to make new friends.   Diamond Valley, Koonung, Waverley and Essendon Bushwalking Clubs have joined forces to offer a great selection of walks and activities each day, (Easy, Easy-Medium, Medium-Hard & Hard) with panoramic views of mountains, valleys, lakes and wildflowers, historic snow gums and the iconic cattlemen’s huts. There’s also a fabulous New Year’s Eve dinner celebration; a highlight of this base camp.   We have been able to negotiate to hire the full camp but this leaves the individual pricing dependant on final numbers.   Our expectation is that singles willing to share a room (bottom beds only) will be around $510 and couples requesting their own room will be around $550 each. A $200 deposit will be required by mid-August.
Contact Anna as per the Members' Program for times and further details.
Wednesday, 29th April 2020
Walk: Bungal State Forest 13 Km Medium.    Leader: Marg W.
Description: Disclaimer, The location had not been prewalked at the time of submission to OME so this description is from third party sources.   The Bungal State Forest is located south of Ballan.   The first part of the walk (about 7Km) is along management vehicle tracks. The next ~5Km is off track along the Moorabool River East Branch. The terrain is open woodland dotted with the remains of alluvial gold diggings and the odd stone chimney. There is a fair chance of kangaroo and echidna sightings.
Contact Marg as per the Members' Program for times and further details.

About Essendon Bushwalking Club

The Club was formed in 1975, and is a major club servicing the Northern and Western suburbs.

The main theme of the club is to enjoy the great outdoors and through participation learn new skills and have FUN!